Makes 6 servings
1 cup unsweetened espresso coffee (around 8-10 shots of espresso)
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup mascarpone
2 tablespoons Marsala (optional)
4 oz. soft ladyfingers
unsweetened cocoa or bittersweet chocolate for garnish
Prepare the espresso and cool completely. Separate the eggs, discarding the white from 1 of them. Beat 2 egg whites with 1 tablespoon sugar until it forms soft peaks. In another bowl, beat 3 egg yolks with the remaining sugar until thick and pale yellow. Add the mascarpone and Marsala to the egg yolk mixture and blend until well combined. Lightly fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture.
Dip ladyfingers, one at a time, in espresso coffee and line the bottom of a 2 quart bowl or serving dish with about 1/3 of the cookies. Cover with about 1/3 of the mascarpone mixture. Continue building the tiramisu making 3 layers of cookies topped with 3 layers of mascarpone mixture. Dust the finished tiramisu with unsweetened cocoa or chop up some bittersweet chocolate and use it to spell out AUGURI on top. Refrigerate at least two hours.
Note: The eggs in this recipe are uncooked. Food safety experts caution that consuming raw eggs can expose you to salmonella contamination. Immuno-compromised patients, the very young and the elderly should not eat raw eggs.